Okay, Harisenbon i don't think that anyone here wants to listen to you crusihing peoples dreams. Have you tried to be a game designer or what ever that deluded person said they wanted to be? and you cant honestly be serious about games being so much more expensive in Japan where demand is higher! it defies all logic where as games selling at £40 here would be reasonable because they have to travel so far and not many people play them here.
Crushing people's dreams or not, I'm just speaking from experience. I was a graphic designer and programmer in college. I worked for a game company in the states, and know what it takes to be a game developer. Ideas are a dime a dozen, and you generally have to prove yourself with programming talents or start your own company if you're going to get anywhere near the developer position.
I did some cartooning in america, and even that was a hard niche to break into, with the newspaper syndicates and all. I have some cartoonist friends here in Japan and they work like mad little dogs. They're not famous enough to have their own comic, so they just work on other people's comics as inkers, typists, etc.
Video games are damn expensive here. Even Ninja Gaiden, which is for the least popular game system (Xbox) was 9000 yen (about 90 american or 45 pounds) when it came out. I can find it used for around 6000 yen. My friend preordered his averant children box set for 30,000 yen (300 american 150 pounds)
Niche markets, brands, and small run items are incredibly expensive here. I have tshirts that are over 8000 yen. BApe baseball cap? 5000 yen. Anime? I rent it because it's too expensive to buy. But the books are cheap. Japan is a very literate society, and books are the cheapest thing you'll find anywhere. 300 yen for a manga that you would buy for 14 pounds in England? It's because it's a common commodity that everyone buys. Brands and niche markets can get away with charging exorbinate ammounts, so they do.
If you don't want to listen to my advice, that's fine. No one's forcing to. But I have gone through what a lot of people on this site are setting themselves up for. I have lived here for some amount of time, and have a lot of friends in many professions. I don't claim to be an expert on anything, I'm still learning alot, but I do want to share my experiences to help people gain a better of understanding of life in Japan, and to show people that it's not just all manga and anime. And once you understand that, you can start to have an idea of how to make a life in this wonderful country.
As they say, "Knowing is half the battle."